Coronary artery disease (CAD) occurs when the arteries that bring oxygen-rich blood to your heart become narrow or blocked. This usually happens when plaque builds up in them. Plaque is a fatty substance made of cholesterol, calcium, and other substances in the blood.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: September 21, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
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